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18 February 2013
The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges has published a new report titled Measuring up: The medical profession's prescription for the nation's obesity crisis. Commenting on the report, Royal College of Physicians academic vice-president, Professor John Wass, said:
‘We welcome this important report and the urgent action it calls for. Many of the recommendations echo that of the RCP’s earlier report, Action on obesity: Comprehensive care for all, including the call for greater investment in obesity services such as bariatric surgery.
‘Despite the size of Britain’s obesity crisis, the delivery of healthcare to patients with an established obesity problem is extremely patchy. A patient may arrive at my hospital with coronary heart disease, but if the root cause of their condition is obesity, we must be equipped to deal with that root cause.
‘The RCP wants to see a lead physician for obesity in every hospital trust, multidisciplinary teams available to cover severe and complex obesity throughout the UK, and the creation of a new government role to coordinate the work of departments that could have an impact on obesity.’